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American Night Writers Association (ANWA, pronounced "ann-wah") is a unique network for LDS* women world-wide who are interested in writing. The Association  offers an annual membership for $20 and was founded in Arizona by Marsha Ward in October, 1986. The purpose of our Association is to encourage, assist, educate, and motivate members to write, and if they desire, to publish their work. LDS women writers, from beginners to published authors, are invited to join.

ANWA was created out of the founder's search for a compatible group where others shared her religious values and world views, and where she could get help with her writing and hone her talents with other like-minded authors.   

What started with six charter members in the basement of the old Gilbert Arizona Public Library, is now an organization poised for world-wide growth, with over 300 members in multiple Chapters located within the five Regions that cover the United States and the World. 

Our basic unit is called a Chapter, a small, geographically-based critique and support unit, where 6-12 members meet on a monthly basis to share in a writing-related lesson, and critique each other's works-in-progress. We also have online chapters for members who do not live in close proximity to a local chapter, or whose schedule does not permit her to attend the local chapter meeting.

There are several Chapters in each of our five geographical Regions.  Each Region provides events for its members that sustain the ANWA purpose and the goals of its members.

ANWA hosts a highly regarded annual Writing Conference that is open to the public. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members include agents, editors and publishers, as well as noted authors, writers and other instructors. We welcome all participants who are interested in writing, both ANWA members, non-ANWA members, men and women alike.

ANWA members have varied writing goals: some are published, some seek publication, some write for personal fulfillment. They also write in a wide range of genres: fantasy, sci-fi, middle-grade fiction, romance, mysteries, Regency, dystopia, historical fiction, Westerns, children's books, screenplays, stage plays, non-fiction, newspaper and magazine articles, memoirs, family history, poetry, song writing, etc. 

We are pleased to announce that American Night Writers Association, Inc. has been granted tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code effective October 11, 2011.

Cash or non-cash contributions to ANWA, paid after October 11, 2011, are deductible as charitable contributions to a public charity on your tax return. As always, you should reduce that contribution by the value of goods and services received. This most likely means that your dues will be deductible, but your conference fees won’t be (unless you pay for conference and then can’t attend and receive the benefits.)

If you make a contribution of more than $250, you may request a written acknowledgment of the contribution for your records, which will also indicate whether any goods or services were provided in return for the contribution.

Feel free to put ANWA in your will. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests or gifts!

If you are an LDS woman who likes to write, no matter what or why you do so, there is enough shared knowledge and experience in ANWA to help you in whatever writing goal(s) you have.  Please join us and let us help you in your writing pursuits.

If you are a writer, but not an LDS woman, please continue to browse our website, there are plenty of resources and networking for you here.  Please plan to register for our annual Conference in February 2014!  We look forward to meeting you there!
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* LDS refers to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.